A longtime friend of Texas pundit and satirist Molly Ivins, Ellen Sweets wrote the acclaimed food-infused "delicious memoir," "Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins." A reporter whose beat has included everything from fires, fights, and homicides to features and food writing, Ellen's many honors include the James Beard Foundation Award for best food section. She has reported for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dallas Morning News, Denver Post, Austin American-Statesman, Edible Austin, the Texas Observer, and Texas Co-Op Power.
We discuss her fascinating life journey as a reporter, which began at her father's black weekly newspaper in St. Louis; her recent trip to Cuba where she was among a select group of journalists covering the military hearing of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others; her friendship with Molly Ivins and how she came to write the memoir; writing about food as a way of addressing culture; and issues related to race, class, and gentrification.
This show was broadcast during Austin radio station KOOP-FM’s spring membership drive and solicitation for financial support for the station has been removed from this podcast.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Photographer: Roger Baker. Apprentice: Jesse Spratt. Rag Radio (www.theragblog.com/rag-radio/)is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP (www.koop.org/listen-now), and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 41:38.